The Curious Autodidact

May 28, 2013

City on the Bay

Filed under: book related,social justice — Honilima @ 3:17 pm

When I was a child my parents gathered up the kids an hauled us down to San Francisco to see what was up in the Haight. The trip down the coast was memorable, a car trip down the coast, and a close up look at a counter-culture that far exceeded the Seattle “Ave” during the 1960s or anything we’d heard about the happenings at the Blue Moon Tavern. Certainly closing down the Interstate with an anti-war protest was a lively happening, a precursor to the WTO protests to come.

The Season of the Witch” is a great look at the San Francisco politics and the history of the city from 1967-1982. I didn’t recall that the whole Jim Jones cult had roots in the city and that is well told here as well as the many other things many of us will remember from decades ago. I only wish that more women were featured as the emphasis seems to be on men’s role in this historic time.

Whether you lived in the city or just kept track of the happenings there this book will be a great read.

KQED the local NPR affiliate features this great segment featuring David Talbot the book’s author.


May 17, 2013

Thinking into the Future: Take a Listen to Ray Kurzweil

Filed under: cool internet stuff,media related — Honilima @ 3:16 pm


If you want to add some brain power to your week, add the feed for the Commonwealth Club of California to your list of podcasts. This civic club based in San Francisco hosts some marvelous speakers and you will not be disappointed in the time spent.

Here is an event from November 2012 featuring Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and director of engineering at Google. He has been called the “restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and is a highly respected thinker of national proportion.

If you want to hear what an interview with him sounds like from the East Coast, here is the Diane Rehm Show out of Washington D.C. both are worth a listen.

If you listen to both you will encounter that bi-coastal feeling…

May 16, 2013

Infographic: The Perks of Walking

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints — Honilima @ 12:02 pm

May 10, 2013

On the Path of Life Never Lose Track of Humor

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 3:40 pm


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